Mick and I spent a couple of hours painting our fireplace over the Memorial Day weekend and gave it a whole new look.
Here's how it looked before:
The floating shelf cut the fireplace in the middle and just looked out of place.
Here's what it looks like now:
The view from the other side:
Without the shelf, there's nothing to interrupt the flow from floor to ceiling. It's much more dramatic, and I think, more in keeping with the design of the room.
Eventually, all of the walls in the living room will be light colored. At that point, I may decide to paint the fireplace a contrasting color. For now, I'm just glad to have one paint project out of the way.